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How to be a thriving Scuba Instructor from Jhon Smith's blog

By the end of the instructor development course, there is a test - the feared PADI Instructor Exam! It is human nature to concentrate on passing this exam, nonetheless it isn't the true test at all! The true test is the first class you'll teach a PADI instructor.

This is why it's so important to find the right IDC. You wish to learn from a program director who teaches you to be always a good instructor, NOT how to pass the IE. Course directors that concentrate on getting the perfect score in the IE often do this as the cost of preparing you for the real-life problems that the IDC should really be preparing you for. The experience your course director has will play a huge part in this. When I first began teaching the Instructor development course as a new course director (coming up on a decade ago) I fell into this trap myself. I was more worried about my candidates passing the IE than finding the time to concentrate on more real world training.

As time passed and my confidence built I began to concentrate on the difficulties I knew my instructor candidates would face in their day-to-day work after they'd passed the IE. My new-found confidence allowed me to get this done because I now knew that passing the IE would be a natural consequence of this approach. I had taught a few IDCs and no-one had failed. My fear of one of my candidates failing diminished. My concentrate on the Instructor Exam inside my training reduced. Therefore my training focus altered diving course gili islands. I wanted my instructor candidates to hit the bottom running. Teaching safe fun and well-organized PADI courses. It's a very important factor to pass the IE, but as soon as you land your first job, in the event that you create a mess of the first few courses you teach, you are likely to lose that job. I realized it had been my job to be sure that didn't happen. The moral of the story - Find a program director with years of experience. They will train you to be always a successful scuba instructor, not only to pass the exam.

Train in conditions much like those you want to work. The IDC certainly isn't easy, it's made much harder by cold water and low visibility. So choosing to take the IDC such conditions certainly, adds an number of task loading. However, in the event that you are likely to teach in those conditions after passing the IE it may well be worth training in those same conditions. There's another option, though. You may decide to take the IDC in nice warm tropical waters and have the OWSI rating under your belt, and then take MSDT training in tougher conditions, much like those in that you want to teach.

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